The Best Al Fresco Dining in Edinburgh
s the weather grows warmer, there’s nothing better than al fresco dining at one of Edinburgh’s many restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a stunning panorama of the city or a good location for people watching, there’s an outdoor eating area in Edinburgh to suit every taste.
Forth Floor Restaurant – Harvey Nichols
This bright, airy restaurant makes the most of its central location with vast glass windows that show off its panoramic views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. The terrace shares the same breathtaking vista, and is a wonderful perch from which to contemplate the city after a bout of shopping – especially when sampling the restaurant’s selection of original takes on Scottish cuisine. Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD | 0131 524 8350 | www.harveynichols.com
Tucked away in the heart of the old town, Divino Enoteca boasts one of the most enchanting outdoor courtyards in Edinburgh. Adorned with fairy lights, lanterns and candle-lit tables, try one of their tempting cocktails, over 40 wines by the glass and combine with delicious antipasti, tapas or choose from their new a la carte menu.
5 Merchant St, EH1 2QD | 0131 225 1770 | www.divinoedinburgh.com
One Square is a vibrant bar and restaurant offering a modern, uniquely British take on the classic grand café. Their extensive wine list and appetizing menu is sure to have spoilt for choice and making plans to come back for more.
1 Festival Square, EH3 9SR | 0131 221 6422 | www.onesquareedinburgh.co.uk
This unique restaurant space located just off the West Port, has a spectacular south facing yard for sunny days and a wood burning stove for the cooler summer evenings.
Enjoy their seasonal sustainable menu safe in the knowledge that all Timberyard’s ingredients are supplied by small, local, artisan growers, breeders, producers, suppliers & foragers. It’s a real close knit family affair.
The Tower Restaurant
Perched in the imposing sandstone tower that rises above the National Museum of Scotland, The Tower is renowned for its spectacular views out over the Edinburgh skyline – offering fine food and views. The restaurant is a prime destination for fine dining in the city, with a carefully-chosen menu of unfussy, well-executed dishes prepared from fresh, Scottish produce. In nice weather, the spacious rooftop terrace offers an impressive vista to savour alongside your meal.
The Garden Café at The Dome
Tucked away between George and Rose Street, this enclosed flagstone terrace is a little haven of relaxation and colour in the heart of Edinburgh’s busy shopping district. Drop by for coffee or enjoy a tasty lunch amongst the flowers – food is served from noon onward.
Maxie’s Wine Bar & Bistro
Maxie’s sunny terrace overlooks Victoria Street and the Grassmarket, making this popular bistro a prime viewing spot for the Old Town and passing tourist traffic. Its proximity to the Castle and the Royal Mile mean it gets very busy during the summer months. With friendly service, a fresh, varied menu and good wine selection, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The stone-walled, wooden-floored outdoor seating area of Monteiths feels both rustic and chic – an intimate, romantic hideaway just off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. It’s the perfect spot to relax on a warm afternoon or balmy evening, all while indulging in the restaurant’s contemporary variations on traditional Scottish cuisine.
Angels with Bagpipes
This high-end establishment boasts a small seating area in front (a good place to watch action on the High Street) and a sheltered courtyard to the rear (a more peaceful place to relax and escape the crowds).
Stockbridge Pizza Express
The Stockbridge Pizza Express on Raeburn place occupies a quirky location in a former bank, tucked snugly alongside the Water of Leith. The lovely outdoor seating area hugs the river’s bank, offering a pleasant green place to relax and listen to the murmur of the water while tucking into a casual meal.
A quaint, cheerful restaurant with a distinctive blue front, the Petit Paris oozes continental charm and has a sizeable outdoor eating area from which to observe the bustle of the Grassmarket. Sit back and watch the goings-on as you tuck into a selection of hearty, good-value French cooking. Open from noon to 3pm, then 5:30pm until late.